We've all heard the numbers. Billions of yen needed to repair Japan. Millions of Japanese citizens without power or drinkable water. And a nuclear reactor, that appears to be rescued from collapse on a daily basis. This makes what I'm about to write seem trite by comparison.
While not as dire a consequence as lack of food, water and shelter, the Japan disaster has resulted in delays and even cancellations of major game titles.
Irem has canceled development on Disaster Report 4. The game will not be released, ever. A game in which an earthquake destroys Japan seems in appropriate especially given the years of recovery needed from this recent real life disaster.
Sony has delayed MotorStorm: Apocalypse. Apocalypse is a story-driven entry in the MotorStorm franchise and in it players race through an urban environment during an actual earthquake.
And Sega has taken the cautious route with Yakuza: Of the End. Of the End actually takes place in a town decimated by a zombie outbreak. Not exactly a natural disaster, but it proves how sensitive everyone is right now when it comes to imagery let alone content.